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    Evaluation of FAO’s contribution to Knowledge on food and agriculture Final Report - Annexes 2015
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    Collecting, analyzing, interpreting and disseminating high-quality food, agriculture and natural resources knowledge has been a central activity of FAO since its establishment in 1945. Such work has included the collection and production of data and information often in the form of “products” (e.g. publications, databases) and “services” (e.g. networks, learning resources).
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    Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution to Knowledge on Food and Agriculture 2015
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    FAO’s knowledge products and services, such as publications, databases, networks and learning resources, are core elements to fulfil the Organisation’s mandate to “collect, analyse, interpret and disseminate information relating to nutrition, food and agriculture”. In 2014-15, the Office of Evaluation (OED) evaluated the contributions made by FAO’s knowledge products and services to sustainable food and agricultural development in response to a request by the FAO Programme Committee with the aim of providing evidence-base recommendations for making FAO’s knowledge-related work more relevant and useful.
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    Evaluation of FAO’s contribution to Knowledge on food and agriculture. Executive Summary 2015
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    The evaluation assessed the relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of FAO’s knowledge products and services, including quality assurance and dissemination processes. The latter are key elements in the new strategic framework and within the remit of FAO’s new objectives 6 (technical quality, knowledge and services) and 8 (outreach). It was undertaken in a consultative manner, and guided by seven evaluation questions. The evaluation met with almost 400 stakeholders; reviewed about 300 documents; assembled an inventory of over 600 FAO’s publications, 70 databases, 120 networks and 70 learning resources; surveyed over 100 staff members and 3 000 known users; carried out a meta-analysis of over 50 evaluations and selected cybermetric analyses; and consulted all FAO member countries as well as a sample of core clients in thirteen members.

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